Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In this week's BGA, I analyze Week 13 performances by Todd Bowles, Bryce Petty, Bilal Powell, Wesley Johnson and the offensive line, Quincy Enunwa, Muhammad Wilkerson and Darron Lee, and the special teams, among others...

Quarterbacks

Bent: Having muddled his way through a mostly uneven performance, Bryce Petty finally put together a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. It wasn't pretty and he wasn't perfect, but he made enough plays to keep the chains moving. When the team lined up for a two-point conversion to cut it to a three-point game, Petty kept the ball on a read-option look, wriggled out of an Ahmad Brooks tackle on the edge and corkscrewed into the end zone.

I can break down each of Petty's throws, how he read the defense and his movement in and out of the pocket, but nothing is more of a game-changer than what he showed on that play. Watch out, NFL … Petty has moxie!

The trouble with moxie is that it actually has a negative reputation. Fans associate it with the Brooks Bollingers and Greg McElroys of the world. Displaying moxie means you showed grit and determination to overcome your shortcomings, rather than being seen as something which will help a player's longer-term development as they improve upon their skills.

Maybe Petty will break the mold, but yesterday was never going to be about him establishing himself as a potential starter already. Even if he passed for 500 yards, people would still be attributing that to how weak the opponent was or writing it off as a one-off like Matt Flynn had that one time with the Packers. What this did show us though was that, even if you don't like his chances of one day being an NFL starter, Petty could at least develop into the kind of back-up that won't kill you if forced into short-term action.

Whatever the long-term ramifications of Petty's new-found attribute, the come-from-behind win produced a rare feel-good moment in this lost season. I can't imagine he'd have generated the same exuberant reaction from his teammates if the Jets started well and hung on for a 23-17 win, so the fact they started so poorly may have worked out for the best.

The worst possible start saw the slot cornerback jump the route on Petty's first pass for an easy interception, leading to the go-ahead touchdown on the next play. Starting Petty out with a quick-drop stop route makes some sense in terms of getting him into an early rhythm and setting a platform from which they can do some other things. However, it's exactly what they did the last two times he played and the 49ers were ready for it. Throwing an interception there probably slowed down their plans to gradually open up the playbook for him.

Rather than a bad read, this was probably more a case of Petty underestimating the speed of defensive backs and their ability to quickly diagnose plays at the NFL level. It was probably the biggest welcome-to-the-NFL moment he's had so far, but if it gives him a better idea of what he can and can't get away with and he doesn't repeat the error, that can help his development.

That's essentially what happened over the rest of the game. While he still took a few risks and was inaccurate or late some of the time, Petty didn't repeat that mistake and was turnover-free the rest of the way. He gradually settled into a rhythm and made some confident throws in clutch situations to keep drives alive, notably a fourth down conversion after he kept the play alive in the pocket and a downfield throw across his body after he rolled out to extend the play.

We could nit-pick his performance and numbers in more detail, but the most important takeaways from this game are that Petty built some confidence, the team rallied around him and he absolutely showed progress not just from last week, but also from the start of the game to the end. While it's not lost on me that the win came over a 49ers team that is losing to everyone, the fact that he got the win with a threadbare offensive line, an underperforming defense and some key skill position guys missing is almost enough to counteract that. These next few games will be much tougher, but that's an ideal challenge for him as he tries to keep progressing.

I still don't think these next few games are going to have that much of an impact upon their plans for the position in 2017, but at least it should be more fun to watch over the rest of the season than the alternatives would have been.

Running Backs

Bent: After a curious decision to barely feature Bilal Powell last week, he ended up as the number one back due to a Matt Forté injury early on. Maybe being kept fresh last week helped him because Powell delivered as the number one, rushing for 121 of his 145 yards after half time and scoring two touchdowns including the game winner.

While Powell has only rushed for more than 80 yards one other time in his career, he fell short of his career-high which saw him gain 149 yards in a 2013 win over the Bills. However, he did set career highs in terms of yards from scrimmage (179) and carries (29).

Powell's tough effort to break the plane got the Jets back into the game in the fourth quarter and then he finished it off by breaking into the clear for a 19-yard game-winning touchdown in overtime. He also had four other plays - one on a pass reception - that went for 10 yards or more and did a good job of picking up the blitz.

As impressive as this was, we should not forget that the 49ers have the worst run defense in the NFL, giving up over 170 yards per game and almost five yards per carry. It will therefore be interesting to see how close they can come to repeating that output over the next three weeks. The Jets ultimately gained 13 first downs on the ground, having only had two (both by the since-released CJ Spiller) in the previous game.

Depending on his knee injury, we might not see Forté again this year. He rushed three times for eight yards before going down and missing out on the chance to potentially have a big game himself. If that's it for Forté, he'll end up with a career low in rushing yards (792) and receiving numbers (29-256). He has only averaged 3.7 yards per carry but scored eight touchdowns.

When the Jets made the move to get Forté, I expect they were hoping for him to make a similar impact to that which Brandon Marshall made last year. Clearly, he's fallen well short of that and, while I've been impressed with his effort, he hasn't looked consistently sharp all year and obviously hasn't done enough to fill the leadership void this team apparently has.

The Jets re-signed Khiry Robinson earlier this week, so it will be interesting to see whether he gets a chance over the next few weeks. With him not healthy enough to go this week, recent practice squad promotee Brandon Wilds was called upon to relieve Powell a few times. He gained a couple of yards on each of his two carries, but missed an assignment on a blitz pick-up that led to a sack.

Offensive Line

Bent: With Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady and Breno Giacomini all gone from the line-up, this was an interesting match-up with the league's worst run defense. The Jets were able to rush for 188 yards at an average of 4.7 per carry, although there were a lot of runs stuffed at or behind the line. Predictably, pass protection was an issue, as Petty was sacked for the sixth time less than halfway into the third quarter. However, they settled down and kept him clean for the rest of the game, although you might attribute that to Petty himself showing improved pocket presence as his confidence and comfort level grew.

Pro Football Focus have been raving about the performance of Wesley Johnson who has a chance to earn himself some money now that the starting center job is his for the remainder of the season. They assigned him one of the highest run blocking grades a Jets player has achieved all season and didn't attribute any pressure to him. It seems incredible that he's come so far after the Jets basically dumped him last September when Eagles back-up Beau Allen dominated him in the final preseason game.

Johnson's run blocking performance was easily the best we've seen from him this year as he did a good job of controlling the point of attack and blocking in space. He blocked his man to the ground on a few plays and looked particularly good on zone blocking assignments.

While he allowed penetration a couple of times, he did a good job of not getting stood up at the point of attack and only once did he miss a block to allow a run to be blown up. Although PFF gave him a clean bill of health in pass protection, there were three plays in the first half where he allowed his man into the backfield, one of which led to a sack. His man also recorded a half-sack on another first half play, although that was more of a coverage sack, mostly attributable to Petty's indecisiveness.

It's going to be very interesting to see whether he can come close to repeating that performance against three much sturdier defensive fronts over the next three weeks. If he can, that's going to at the very least entice the Jets to give the restricted free agent an original round tender. That would have fifth-round compensation attached to it, if another team signed him to an offer sheet." to "If he can, that's likely to make the Jets consider tendering the restricted free agent, perhaps at the second round level

While he wouldn't accumulate the same kind of run-blocking grades, it was James Carpenter who impressed me the most in the running game. When you get blocked by Carpenter, you stay blocked and he opened up the "Carpal Tunnel" several times on the day, notably on the game-winning touchdown where he walled off the right side of the defensive line with a perfectly executed reach block. On another memorable play, Carpenter pulled left and had to shove Ben Ijalana out of the way before making his block in space.

Ijalana had another rough game in pass protection, as he struggled to hold up against the bull rush and was burned outside by speed rushes a few times, including once for a sack. He also was called for a holding penalty and a false start, although the latter was probably actually on Carpenter (who blamed Petty). Ijalana also struggled in the running game, as he was beaten inside for a tackle in the backfield and badly missed his block in space on an end around that was blown up by his man.

Brian Winters was also flagged once, although it should have been twice, as he was clearly the player to have false started on a penalty announced as being on Brent Qvale. Winters had a slow start but made a good impact in the running game after half time. He was beaten one other time for a pressure.

Qvale was the player I was most interested to see this week, as he was re-inserted into the starting line-up due to Giacomini's injury. Other than Carpenter, Qvale is the only starter from yesterday's patchwork line that is still under contract next year. Early results were not pretty, as Qvale's man knocked him onto his back and finished off the sack on Petty. He settled down in pass protection and ultimately made some positive contributions in the running game, although one of those saw him lucky not to be called for a hold.

Qvale limped off down the stretch, giving us a bonus look at rookie Brandon Shell. Shell showed a couple of flashes, blocking down on his man to drive him to the inside on one play and peeling off a double team to make a second level block on another.

All six of the sacks surrendered came after more than 2.5 seconds, so perhaps they were more attributable to Petty taking too long to get rid of the ball or being prepared to eat the ball rather than risk a mistake. They can mitigate that by getting rid of the ball quickly in future, but as the interception on his first throw showed, the Jets need to avoid being too predictable in doing so.

Receivers

BentRobby Anderson continues to break out, falling just one yard short of his first 100-yard receiving game, although he did surpass 100 yards from scrimmage if you take into account his 12 rushing yards. Anderson looks like he has the potential to become a thousand-yard receiver at the NFL level. He is producing at that level over the past four games with 263 receiving yards.

Anderson's star quality continues to manifest itself, as he made an amazing leaping grab over a defender down the sideline and then set up the game winning score with another tough grab down the field. He also contributed as a blocker on the game-winning touchdown run. He provided his weekly reminder that he's still a rookie, failing to haul in a catchable high throw down the field, but his development continues to be one of the biggest bright spots of this disappointing season.

As good as Anderson's leaping grab was, Quincy Enunwa had him beaten for catch of the day, laying out to get one hand to the ball and tip it to himself for a rolling grab. That looked like it was going to be intercepted but Enunwa's athleticism not only prevented that, but also enabled him to come down with it. Enunwa had a pedestrian three catches for 29 yards, but is really starting to establish himself as a playmaker who can be a option in clutch situations.

Marshall limped his way through most of the second half but that might have been a blessing in disguise as the offense tends to look less one-dimensional when he isn't heavily featured. Marshall still made a nice over the shoulder catch and was unlucky not to be able to get both feet down on another sideline pass.

Charone Peake didn't play much, but came up big on fourth down, staying alive and finding space at the right moment when Petty moved around in the pocket to extend the play. On another play, late in the game, he almost came up with a great low catch, but was unable to prevent the nose of the football from hitting the turf.

Brandon Bostick was injured early in the second half, which is a shame as the Jets have been featuring the tight ends increasingly since Kellen Davis was placed on injured reserve. They combined for 52 yards on five catches yesterday. Bostick had made perhaps the nicest play of his Jets career so far with a diving grab for a first down.

The Jets continue to gradually work Austin Seferian-Jenkins into the mix as had three first down catches, including one where he dragged a couple of tacklers past the marker.  Seferian-Jenkins was also open for an easy first down on the play where Petty rolled out in overtime and instead threw downfield to Anderson. He seemed to be the one responsible for the illegal formation penalty that almost knocked the Jets out of field goal range while trailing late though.

Eric Tomlinson has been impressive at times in the running game and on screen passes but he struggled in pass protection and was called for a false start in an inconsistent display yesterday. If Bostick is out, Tomlinson and Seferian-Jenkins complement each other well so each will have a chance to impress over the rest of the season.

Defensive Line

Bent: The defense got off to a terrible start this week, giving up a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. That flat start continued until late in the first half as the first five drives ended with two touchdowns and three field goal attempts. The defense galvanized thereafter, though, as the 49ers gained just 113 yards on their next eight drives and never got back inside the Jets' 35-yard line. Colin Kaepernick completed just 4-of-11 passes for 17 yards in the second half, but the run defense was poor throughout, surrendering 248 yards including 155 on Carlos Hyde's most productive five carries.

Something interesting happened down the stretch though.

After the Jets scored to cut the 49ers' lead to 17-14, Muhammad Wilkerson suddenly awoke from a month-long slumber and put together his most dominant series of the season. Todd Bowles recently said that Wilkerson's explosiveness was starting to return, which I was skeptical about, but this was the first evidence of that we've seen since the bye week because he exploded into the backfield three straight times and drew a hold to help force a punt.

Once the Jets got the ball back, I was hoping they would tie the game so we could see if he would continue to take over the game once the 49ers had the ball back, but the Jets came out in a sub-package with Wilkerson not in the line-up. However, in overtime, he again penetrated to help blow up the 4th-and-short run that set up the winning score. He was noticeably fired up at the end of the game when the Jets clinched the win, too.

Wilkerson was in on three run stuffs including one for a loss and had one pressure so the performance still fell well short of what you'd normally expect from him. However, in a week where there have been reports that the Jets are not happy with their leadership, it was encouraging to see him step up and take over the game much as you'd expect him to when healthy.

Wilkerson was a game-time decision, so he's evidently still not 100%. That could lead some to suggest that he only performed better because he was motivated to give a good effort, thereby exposing the fact that he hadn't been giving the same kind of effort over the past several games. Whatever the reason, which could include an improved comfort level within the role he had yesterday, it was a reminder of the kind of dominant player Wilkerson was before this year and hopefully a sign that he's on his way back to being that kind of player again.

Despite Wilkerson's struggles, Leonard Williams has been consistently productive and added to his team-leading sack total with another half sack yesterday. However, it was a worryingly ineffective performance from Williams who was driven off the line several times and didn't have a tackle in the running game until the last minute of regulation. He added a couple of pressures, but overall it was his least productive game of the season and had me worried that he'd been afflicted with the same malaise that seems to have held back Wilkerson over the last month or so.

Sheldon Richardson is another player whose inconsistent production has been troubling, but he made some good plays yesterday, including a tackle in the backfield to force a punt before the Jets tied the game. He also added three pressures as a pass rusher.

With Steve McLendon out again, it would be easy to attribute the 49ers rushing success to that, but Deon Simon showed significant promise in his place. Williams, Wilkerson and Richardson were all driven off the line a few times, but Simon held up much better. He drew a holding penalty with penetration, had one effective bull rush as a pass rusher and was in on four run stuffs including the fourth down stop in overtime.

Simon didn't see action until half-way through the second quarter and while things definitely improved thereafter, he was on the field on four of Hyde's six longest runs. Nevertheless, the promise he showed on some of the plays he made is something to build on heading into next season.

Finally, Anthony Johnson was in for a few snaps and got into the backfield well on one pass rush attempt.

Linebackers

BentDarron Lee is one of the players you'd most like to see encouraging signs from over the final month of the season. However, for the second week in a row, he had a rough first half. Lee had three missed tackles - a season high - before half-time and found himself caught inside on several running plays. He was also beaten for a big gain down the seam.

However, after half time, he avoided any more mistakes and, although he had a quiet game in terms of impact plays, it was good to see that progress, especially after a first half that almost had me wishing Julian Stanford was still on the roster. Almost.

David Harris had a solid game alongside Lee, leading the Jets in tackles and getting in on a handful of stops at or near the line. He also added one pressure. Harris was blocked out of a couple of plays at the second level in the first half, but seemed to avoid blocks better thereafter.

Rookie Jordan Jenkins continues to provide the Jets with solid play, but this week it was good to see him starting to make more impact-type plays. He stuffed one run, tracked a receiver out to the flat for a big hit and picked up half a sack, the first of his career, on a blitz up the middle. It wasn't a mistake-free performance from Jenkins though, as he lost contain once and tackled the wrong guy on a read-option play.

Mike Catapano started, but was once again ineffective. He also lost contain on one run. By the end of the game, Freddie Bishop - who was recently activated off the practice squad - was getting reps ahead of him and flashed some playmaking ability when he forced a fumble on a running play. He also had one pressure and was in on a run stop. Bishop also jumped offside on third down and he lost contain once, although that looked like a hold.

Bruce Carter saw some brief action on defense, but the Jets instead opted to use Doug Middleton - another player recently activated off the practice squad - in a sub-package linebacker role. Middleton, who is a safety by trade, brought good energy as he had a pressure and was in on a run stuff, but also seemed to be slightly out of position in coverage on a couple of plays underneath.

Defensive Backs

Bent: The most significant development in the secondary this week - other than the injuries to Marcus Gilchrist and Buster Skrine - was the fact that Juston Burris seems to have moved ahead of Darryl Roberts on the depth chart.

Burris, the rookie selected in the fourth round of April's draft, had looked shaky in limited action to this point, but has obviously been developing in practice because the team gave him an extensive workload and he responded well. Skrine's injury probably elevated him from fourth corner into the nickel back role so he perhaps played more than originally planned, but he responded well either way. Roberts was limited to special teams action.

Burris forced three punts with a break-up and two open field tackles on third down and was in good position on one other play in coverage. Kaepernick was 1-for-6 on passes beyond 10 yards down the field with only one of those more than 20 yards and the only completion being down the seam to a tight end so the 49ers never really tested Burris or any of the other corners. Nevertheless, it was still a positive sign to see him hold up so well.

Marcus Williams was making his return and contributed a first half sack. He didn't give up anything in coverage although he was a little fortunate on two plays where he was half-beaten and the pass was inaccurate.

Prior to getting injured, Skrine had been having a rough game as he was dragged into the end zone on the first play, called for defensive holding once and burned for a big gain across the field by Jeremy Kerley.

Darrelle Revis had a really quiet game as the 49ers simply didn't look his way until late in the game, when Revis broke up a slant pattern. That's sufficient to make this one of his best games of the season, which for $17 million a year obviously isn't good enough.

Gilchrist's injury looked bad and probably means he's unlikely to be fully available for most of next year's offseason workouts. He had a couple of touchdown saving tackles but gave up a first down in coverage and missed a couple of tackles. It was noticeable that he was coaching the likes of Middleton on the field so it's going to be a challenge for the secondary to cope back there without him. Nevertheless, they held up well without him so it could end up being something that forces Calvin Pryor or Rontez Miles to take on more of a quarterback-of-the-secondary role which could serve to accelerate their development.

Pryor had a pretty quiet game, although he came close to making a few plays when he missed a tackle in the backfield and botched an attempt to recover a fumble. Miles was even quieter but avoided any obvious mistakes.

Special teams

BentNick Folk made a big contribution this week, nailing a late game-tying field goal from over 50 yards away. Folk was 3-for-3 as Phil Dawson uncharacteristically missed twice for the 49ers, otherwise the Jets probably would have lost.

Rookie punter Lac Edwards continues to struggle though. He landed five of his six punts inside the 20 which sounds good, but actually none of those were landed inside the 10 and three of them were at the 19 or 20-yard line. Four of his six punts were less than 40 yards and he hasn't had a net punt of 45 yards since the second quarter of the Rams game - four weeks and 19 punts ago.

With the Jeremy Ross experiment over and Jalin Marshall still out, Nick Marshall took over return duties. He looked relatively comfortable fielding punts, although let's not forget that he muffed one against the Jets while playing for Jacksonville last year. Marshall didn't have much success, but looked sharp on the opening kick-off when his 53-yard runback was called back due to a hold.

That hold came courtesy of new addition Arthur Brown who was making his Jets debut. With six players ruled out due to injury, all of the new guys had to suit up, otherwise the Jets would have had to activate Christian Hackenberg. Later on, Josh Martin was also assessed a penalty for holding.

The Jets were also lucky on one punt where the ball almost deflected off Peake's leg as he was blocking the gunner.

In coverage, the Jets held up well with Miles and Carter combining on a good special team stop. Burris overpursued and missed the tackle on a punt though. He does a great job of getting downfield but still needs to improve his technique when breaking down. It was good to see Devin Smith out there as a gunner too, although he played just one offensive snap.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons. (AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons. (AP)

Many Jets fan want to know what is on the minds of head coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan when comes to their starting quarterback. 

Well, fans are going to have to wait for that decision to happen as Bowles has noted he won't be making that call until after the preseason games are over. As for Maccagnan, though, he loves what he is seeing from his No. 3 overall pick in Sam Darnold so far in camp. 

Speaking on WFAN's Boomer and Gio show, Maccagnan said he was "exceptionally impressed" by how Darnold has been progressing as he gets acclimated to the NFL. He also said Darnold has an "unflappable" presence when he's running the offense. 

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Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) attempts a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) attempts a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater has performed well in his first two preseason games, which is why other teams have interest in trading for the 25-year-old. 

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, a team source confirmed what GM Mike Maccagnan has indicated all along -- that the Jets are willing to listen to any offers for Bridgewater. But the source stressed that "nothing is imminent."

Vacchiano noted that the Jets likely wouldn't get serious about dealing Bridgewater until after the preseason is over, when it's possible that due to injuries or poor play that some teams might be a little more desperate about their quarterback situation. The source would not confirm if any teams had already called, but said the Jets speak to teams about trade possibilities all the time and "it would make sense" that Bridgewater's name has come up, since everyone knows the Jets have a quarterback glut...

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Teddy Bridgewater (5) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Teddy Bridgewater was terrific in the Jets' preseason game in Washington on Thursday night and through two games he's looked like the best quarterback on the roster. But such is the state of the Jets' quarterback riches that nobody's asking the 25-year-old about his chances to win the Jets' starting job. 

Instead, all he seems to get are questions about a possible trade. 

Not surprisingly, Bridgewater wants no part of the discussion. He answered repeated questions about it on Saturday after practice in almost exactly the same way...

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Normally, Jets head coach Todd Bowles is stoic when speaking to the media. He gives his straight answers without any emotion, and walks off the podium. 

But, in his interview on WFAN's Boomer and Gio show, Bowles showed his rare fiery side while doing some former head coach impressions. 

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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa catches the ball during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa catches the ball during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa hopes to play for the first time since last year's preseason opener when the Jets face the Giants on Friday night, and he hopes he's on the right track to do so.

"He looked quick, he should have the freshest legs in camp," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said, according to Newsday's Bob Glauber, of Enunwa, who practiced Saturday and Sunday. "He caught the ball well and we're working him in slow as well. Just happy to have him back."

The 26-year-old Enunwa missed last season with a bulging disk in his neck. He was healthy enough to return to mini camp and believes that's in the past now.

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New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater rolls out against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater rolls out against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Pat Shurmur was standing just a few feet away from Teddy Bridgewater back in the summer of 2016 when the quarterback suffered his horrific knee injury. And he was there in Minnesota to watch how hard Bridgewater fought to get back.

So he knows as well as anyone why it would be a mistake to count Bridgewater out.

"The only thing I would say is, 'Don't sleep on Teddy,'" the current Giants coach said. "Because he's got it in him."

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Todd Bowles Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles may know in his head who he wants starting Week 1, but he's going to wait until these final preseason games before he makes a final decision. 

Bowles got to see Darnold and Bridgewater in action on Thursday, giving him more tape to watch to determine what to do with his quarterbacks room. McCown didn't see any time in the bout against the Redskins, but that was expected as the Jets look to get Darnold and Bridgewater more reps. 

"I have some ideas in my head, but I'll wait till the last two preseason games," Bowles told The Post's Greg Joyce on Saturday.

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New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater participate in drills during a joint practice with the Washington Redskins at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater participate in drills during a joint practice with the Washington Redskins at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said his decision to name a starting quarterback for Week 1 is "cloudy" through two preseason games.

Between the experienced Josh McCown, newcomer Teddy Bridgewater and rookie Sam Darnold, Bowles has two more preseason games to determine what they all bring to the table.

And if it was up to former Jets wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, he would pick Bridgewater over Darnold.

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There's a long way to go in the preseason, but halfway through, one thing about the Jets quarterback situation is clear: Teddy Bridgewater looks like he gives the Jets the best chance to win.

Yet Todd Bowles can't give him the starting job.

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Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater both saw significant action in a preseason loss to the Redskins on Thursday night.

The education of Sam Darnold continued with another strong performance from the rookie quarterback on Thursday night. He's done just about everything the Jets have asked him to do so far.

But if the Jets really want to see if he's ready to be their Opening Day starter, they're going to have to ask him to do more.

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Sam Darnold (14) Teddy Bridgewater (5) Josh McCown (15) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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LANDOVER, Md. - Sam Darnold got a lot of work with the Jets' first-team offense this week, and might even start their preseason game against the Redskins on Thursday night. Maybe that's just Todd Bowles' way of getting him ready.

Or maybe it's a sign that he already is.

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New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell participates in drills with New York Jets offensive tackle Brent Qvale during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell participates in drills with New York Jets offensive tackle Brent Qvale during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

In its latest NFL power rankings, ESPN has the Jets at 30th among the 32 teams this season. 

The Jets, who were at 27 on the list, fell following their picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. So far, their choice of QB Sam Darnold has panned out well, with many impressed by what he has shown in practice and his first preseason game. But that doesn't tell the whole story about their draft. 

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini also gave his surprising player that could be in jeopardy of a roster spot by the end of camp. His choice was CB Rashard Robinson, who hasn't been the corner the Jets hoped him to be. Gang Green traded for Robinson last season at the trade deadline, giving up a fifth-round pick to the 49ers in return for him. 

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(Geoff Burke)

Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold has been seeing a heavy workload with the first-team offense this week at joint practices with the Redskins. And that also means he's going against Washington's best on defense. 

So, how has he fared? Just ask Pro Bowl CB Josh Norman what he thinks.

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles expresses his frustration with the fact that WR Terrelle Pryor revealed details about his injuries to the media.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles isn't too happy with WR Terrelle Pryor

On Monday, Pryor broke the news that he broke his ankle back in May during offseason workouts with the Jets. Bowles initially came out and said that Pryor had surgery to clean some things up in his ankle that was related to his ligament injury from last season. 

But the cat was let out of the bag, and Bowles doesn't think Pryor should have been the one to do so. 

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Cairo Santos (5) Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Cairo Santos (5) Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

It isn't the most-watched competition, but the kicking position hasn't had any competition at Jets camp. 

Taylor Bertolet has been headlining the position recently, with Cairo Santos -- a free-agent signee -- dealing with a chronic groin injury, reports ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Santos needed surgery to repair the groin after a tumultuous 2017 season. He missed most of training camp with the Chiefs to start, and they eventually cut him after aggravating the injury in Week 3. Santos, then, signed with the Bears, but a reaggravation landed him on the IR for the rest of the season. 

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Sam Darnold (14) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

It wasn't the biggest storyline from Sunday's Jets-Redskins joint practice, given the epic brawl that broke out involving about 30 players. But Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold saw the heaviest workload with the first-team offense. 

Darnold's competition -- Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater -- obviously saw their fair share of reps. But it was Darnold who was under center most of the time, which begs the question: Will he be the starter this Thursday when the two teams face off in Week 2 of the preseason?

"It's no indication," Bowles said after the joint practice Sunday. "Just getting him caught up on some things."

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles was upset after his team and several members of the Washington Redskins brawled and shoved each other during their joint practice on Sunday.

Reporters were not able to record video on the sidelines, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Josh Ellis, however several fans captured the fights, which reportedly involved nearly 30 players.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

After getting cut by the Oakland Raiders, former Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the team announced.

Hackenberg, whom the Jets drafted in the second round in 2016, never appeared in a regular-season game with New York.

The 23-year-old out of Penn State was traded to Oakland in May and eventually cut a few weeks later.

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Jets LB Kevin Pierre-Louis has been suspended for the first week of the regular season for violating the league's substane abuse policy, the NFL announced.

Pierre-Louis can still play in preseason games and is able to return from suspension on Sept. 11, which is one day after the Jets' season-opener against the Lions on Monday, Sept. 10. 

The 26-year-old Pierre-Louis was arrested for marijuana possession in January while he was still on the Chiefs. He signed a two-year deal with the Jets during the off-season.

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Aug 10, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) reacts during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 10, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) reacts during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater got his first extended game action in just under two years and impressed.

Bridgewater completed 7 of 8 passes for 85 yards and one touchdown. The current backup was excited just to get on the field, and unlike most other quarterbacks, was looking forward to getting hit, too.

"It was awesome feeling," Bridgewater said after the game.

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(Noah K. Murray)

After making his preseason debut for the Jets, Sam Darnold admits he felt 'pretty good'.

Darnold earned plaudits for his performance, completing 13 of his 18 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons on Friday night.

"I felt pretty good," Darnold said. "I put the ball where it needed to be and tried to get it in the hands of our playmakers. There were a couple of plays, especially on the sack, I felt like I could've gotten the ball out there. But, you know, live and learn, I guess."

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Should Jets fans believe in Sam Darnold after his impressive rookie debut Friday night?

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It would've been understandable if Jets fans wanted to be only cautiously optimistic that they had finally found their franchise quarterback. A decades-long search and far too many broken promises have left everyone with scars.

But the caution around Sam Darnold is probably gone now. He looked like a legitimate franchise quarterback on Friday night in his NFL debut.

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Aug 10, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks to pass as Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun (54) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 10, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks to pass as Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun (54) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

It may only be the preseason, but Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold got his first touchdown out of the way. 

The No. 3 overall pick looked great in his Jets debut as he showcased all the skills necessary to cap a drive with a touchdown. Darnold looked calm and collected in the pocket, as he avoided pressure with his feet and made smart throws. 

And even though he should have secured his first touchdown pass on two separate downs, he finally linked up with Charles Johnson after escaping the pocket, and throwing a bullet on the run. 

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Teddy Bridgewater (5) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Teddy Bridgewater took the field for his first drive as a New York Jet, and he ended it the way he probably hoped -- with seven points on the scoreboard. 

Bridgewater took over for Josh McCown, who played just one series that resulted in a three-and-out to start the game. The 25-year-old looked poised as he trudged down the field. His first good throw went to Jermaine Kearse, who made a great catch to pick up a first down.

And on third down in the red zone, Bridgewater dumped off a ball to Isaiah Crowell on a crossing route, and he absorbed contact to bust into the end zone...

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Todd Bowles looks at the tape of the Jets' preseason opener there will probably be several hundred things he'll be watching. He'll be evaluating all 90 players on his roster. He'll be judging the competitions for a dozen or so roster spots and a few position battles too.

But nothing -- nothing -- will be more important and compelling for the Jets in their preseason opener on Friday night than how rookie quarterback Sam Darnold plays.

Maybe it's not fair to judge him on how he does in his NFL debut against the Atlanta Falcons. But he is the No. 3 overall pick and the Jets' long-awaited quarterback of the future. Every move, every throw, every decision will be scrutinized. His play, no matter how long he's in the game or how he does, will lead to pages and hours of debate.

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Todd Bowles Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Every coach likes to see what kind of shape their players enter training camp in. But for the Jets, the players might be the ones looking at their head coach after his offseason transformation. 

Todd Bowles has made the biggest change from a year ago, as his wife believes he lost about 50 or 60 pounds. It was back in March that Bowles decided to make a diet and exercise change, and the results are as clear as day. 

"You know when you've had enough," Bowles told The Post's Brian Costello. "I've had enough. I want to be better for myself and for my family. I want to be around a long time. It's become a lifestyle."

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Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jets S Jamal Adams told Bleacher Report earlier this year that his team's locker room lacked energy last season and "it was like everybody wanted to do the bare minimum." 

On Tuesday, he expanded upon those comments after practice was over.

"I'm very passionate," he said about the comments, which were just published on Tuesday. "Coming in, I was wide-eyed. I just wanted to come in and work hard and make an impact. The things that came out, I didn't feel very strong as far as me saying that."

In the wide-ranging Q&A, Adams said everyone had a losing vibe and "didn't want to go above and beyond."

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Every moment on the field is like a dream for Teddy Bridgewater. He said "it gives me the chills" just thinking playing football again. Two years ago, the game was almost taken away from him forever, so he's grateful to be getting a second chance.

But even he doesn't know if that second chance will ultimately be with the Jets.

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